Mary J Blige: "My Life II"

Wed. December 21, 2011 6:36 AM by News Staff

The Journey Continues (Act 1)

After eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige returns with her 10th studio album. My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 1). The new project doubles as the sequel to Blige's 1994 classic My Life.

"The original My Life started a movement," reflects Blige. "And every album since then … has marked a point of growth and evolution for me and my fans … That's one of the reasons for this sequel."

Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige signed with Uptown Records in 1989 at 18—becoming the MCA-distributed label's youngest and first female artist. Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige's debut album What's the 411? dropped in 1992, spinning off several hits like "You Remind Me" and "Real Love.""

Blige, who co-penned "I Can See in Color" for 2009's Precious"soundtrack, will also be seen next June in the Adam Shankman-directed Rock of Ages."The theatrical version of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Source: Press release